February is American Heart Month, how you can avoid heart disease

February is Heart Health Month

February is American Heart Month.

This month works to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer in the United States for women.

The month also works to promote healthy habits that are good for the heart.

2,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 second, according to The American Heart Association.

But this month hopes to change that by spreading awareness of the risks of heart disease, like high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.

So what can you do? We asked Cardiologist for St. Joseph's Health, Dr. Theresa Waters, and she said exercise and diet are two simple, but important steps toward a healthy heart.

Men and women could see different signs, men feel more pressure on their chest and shortness of breathe, while women could feel that too but have other not so obvious symptoms.

"Women usually have a dull, achy chest discomfort, they might have jaw pain and they might not think it's related to their heart because it's far away from their heart," Dr. Theresa Waters,explained.

She also recommends the Mediterranean diet, low fat, lean meat, healthy whole grains and vegetables.

But she does tell her patients it's okay to cheat every once in a while.

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